MAX in Downtown Portland

Westside Transit Project

Opened on September 12, 1998, the second MAX line connects Hillsboro to Downtown Portland.

MAX Blue Line
Hillsboro/City Center

  • Opened: September 12, 1998
  • Length: 18 miles
  • Stations: 32
  • Construction: July 1993–September 1998
  • Cost: $963 million
Tunnel construction Construction on the tunnel under the West Hills


  • Connects Hillsboro, Beaverton and Portland City Center
  • Funded by the Federal Transit Administration (73%), state transportation funds (12%) and local bond measure (15%)
  • Completed on schedule and within budget
  • A national model for integrating public art with transit station design
  • Includes three-mile, twin-tube tunnel under the West Hills
  • Low-floor train cars improved access for people with mobility impairments
  • Washington Park Station is deepest transit station in North America at 260 feet underground
  • Catalyst for $825 million in residential and commercial development
  • Ridership has exceeded expectations


Westside MAX Blue Line: A history and overview of the Westside Blue Line extension to Hillsboro, which opened in 1998. PDF